Yes, it seems my brain may be thick on the surface, perhaps why nothing sinks into it. It is a common fear of people with migraines, because of the craziness of the neurological symptoms, to wonder if there is any damage going on from the constant assault of migraines. The seizure activity, the excitation of neurons, is not as intense as epilepsy, but at the same time, you wonder how that affects your brain over time. And it seems it does and may show a connection between migraines and comorbid pain conditions like FMS.
Anyway, all I can say is when I got my cat scan my doc said my brain (cortex) looked smooth, as in younger than my age, which I found oddly flattering really.
A study published in the November 20, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, indicates that people with Migraines have differences in part of the cortex, an area of the brain that helps process sensory information, including pain. The study found that part of the cortex area of the brain is thicker in people with Migraine than in people who do not have the neurological disease.
“Repeated Migraine attacks may lead to, or be the result of, these structural changes in the brain… Most of these people had been suffering from Migraines since childhood, so the long-term overstimulation of the sensory fields in the cortex could explain these changes. It’s also possible that people who develop Migraines are naturally more sensitive to stimulation… This may explain why people with Migraines often also have other pain disorders such as back pain, jaw pain, and other sensory problems such as allodynia, where the skin becomes so sensitive that even a gentle breeze can be painful.”
study author Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston